Thursday, June 17, 2010

The Best Bet Ever Book and Making Pretend PetsThis post was updated in May 2014 with new graphics and resource section. Disclosure: I am an Amazon associate and this post contains affiliate links. For full disclosure, please click here and thank you for supporting my blog!

The Best Pet Ever Book

 The Best Pet Ever
We were very excited last Friday to receive a big package from Tiger Tales. They generously offered us to review their new releases. All the books were very well produced. In a way, the package came on a perfect day when Smarty was very sick with a nasty virus. All she wanted to do is to lie on the couch and listen to stories, and I read her all ten books in a row. Over several days, some books emerged as her favorites. The Best Pet Ever by Victoria Roberts, illustrated by Deborah Allwright is  an especially sweet book. I was almost disappointed that in the end the main character gets a real pet, because we enjoyed reading about her efforts to make her own pets.

Make Your Own Pet Balloon.

Make a Pet Balloon
Usually I have to initiate a story stretcher with Smarty, but this time she didn’t need any invitation. She immediately picked on the idea of creating her own pet out of a balloon once she recovered from her virus enough to be interested in any story stretchers at all. It’s not clear from the story what kind of a pet this balloon pet is supposed to be. Smarty immediately decided that hers will be a horse and she named him Mike. It was too funny when she mounted her balloon and exclaimed, “Giddy up, horsie! We are homeward-bound!” Seriously, I have no idea where she comes up with expressions like that:)
Playing-With-Pet-Balloon

Pet Balloons Today

This post has been written when my daughter was 3. She is 7 now, and we had several pet balloons staying with us since. One even got to have a birthday party and, unfortunately, popped in the middle of festivities. Here is Smarty’s latest pet balloon:
Balloon_Pet

Your Turn:

What kind of pet would your child has or would love to get?

Making Pretend Pets:


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15 comments:

Christy said...

That sounds like a really cute book. How great that Anna initiated the story stretcher on her own.

Michelle said...

That sounds like a really cute book and I am so excited that Anna wanted to make her own pet too. That is so cute!! Thank you for linking up to stART :)

MaryAnne said...

This sounds like a really cute book, and Anna's story stretcher is perfect =)

Ticia said...

I wonder what pets my kids would come up with.....

Pathfinder Mom said...

I hope that she feels better!

I love the name, too funny.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

I hope by the time you posted this, that Anna is all better.

I'm wondering if my kids would accept a balloon as a pet, and stop putting tickets in for the hampster at our library reading program :)

Jenny said...

My son loves balloons so much, he'd probably just as soon have a balloon as a pet as anything, anyway. Mike is the best possible name for a balloon pet. :)

Brimful Curiosities said...

Homemade pets are the best--no hair or other unmentionables.

JDaniel4's Mom said...

Mike looks wonderful. I love the Tiger Tales books.

Elizabeth said...

Hi Natalie -- Thanks so much for including a review of our book on your blog. The Best Pet Ever is one of our favorite new books! It was exciting to see that your daughter was inspired to create a "pet" of her own.
We share your frustration with our website and assure you that our new site will be active soon. In the meantime please encourage your readers to follow us on facebook. We love new fans! http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Wilton-CT/tiger-tales/183496001305?ajaxpipe=1&__a=4
Happy Reading,
Elizabeth Bennett
tiger tales

sbswtp said...

What a cute book. I love that the pet is a horse- so fun :)

Charlene said...

My kids love balloons, so they probably would have picked balloon pets too. I never would of thought of that. Glad your little one is feeling better :)

國昆國昆 said...

It is no use crying over spilt milk..................................................................

Jill R. said...

What a fun idea! We made pets out of pom poms and googly eyes when my kids were tiny- they felt special to have a pet of their own and it was fun to see their imaginations at work naming their pets and giving them personalities.My kids would have loved balloon pets!

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Mary Catherine said...

So many fun ideas, thanks for including our pet rocks! We like doing a pet theme in preschool so this will help us out!!!